Bergen and Social Events#

Bergen with some 255.000 inhabitants is the second largest city in Norway, and from its location it is the most beautiful one, marred a bit by rain on two out of three days (“capital of rainfall”). It received city status already in 1070, but the settlement goes back much longer.

It was the royal residence for a while and became Hansa-city around 1330. German influence was dominant till around 1600.

It houses many museums, a philharmonic orchestra, universities, nice restaurants and bars, and both beautiful old and new buildings. For a tourist as surprise come the many fountains and such, as if there were not already enough water all around!

Seven “house-mountains” frame the city, and the top of two can be reached by a cable car or funiclular. The funicular has its base station only 150 m away from the central market-place Torget and the interesting fish market. With it one reaches the top of the Floyen (320 m altitude) in a few minutes. Of course this offers remarkable panoramic views (and a restaurant provides shelter if a shower is just coming down), but most remarkable is the large number of trails that lead within minutes into beautiful rainforests. Those who want to get up still higher take the cable car up Ulriken to an altitude of 620 m and spectacular views.

Bergen is located on deep bays sheltering it form the wild oceans. The main bay Vagen which dominates the inner part of the city has some of the oldest buildings on its North shore.

Among them is the fortification Rosenkrantztarnet, and close to it the older Hakonen-Hall (built in 1261) with a 36 by 16 m main hall, where the reception took place on Tuesday, Sept.12, with a lavish buffet and lots to drink…in a country where a medium priced bottle of wine in a restaurant is above 50 Euros this was lavish indeed. We were welcomed by speeches, the first by the vice-major, and lovely music.

Wednesday evening a concert was arranged in the former house of Edvard Grieg: both the setting and the music were very enjoyable, yet many sections used that evening for a more or less informal working dinner.

The festive conference dinner on the last day was arranged in the maritime museum, just ay few steps away form the big museum and the student center where all conference events had taken place.

By the way, the student center was indeed a nice venue, with good infrastructure and convenient for the breaks, since the Cafeteria offered quite a sumptuous lunch with a great variety of sandwiches.

There is no doubt that the very nicely arranged lunches and evenings contributed to the success of the conference, providing a pleasant atmosphere to renew old and make new acquaintances. On behalf of all members of Acamedia Europaea and other attendees I want to express our gratitude for generous hospitality.

Hermann Maurer, September 2012

P.S.: Our team in Graz has been unable to find the names of all persons on the photos below. If you can help us, do send us names and a description of the picture they belong too (like: second picture in row 4). We also welcome any further pictures you may have taken for inclusion into this small collection.
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Student-Center
Student-Center University of Bergen, where the conference took place
Windows
Windows in sitting room in the hotel next to Student-Center (Steen Hotel)
Hotel sitting room
Sitting room in the hotel next to Student-Center (Steen Hotel)
Coates and Mittelstrass
David Coates and Jürgen Mittelstrass at pre-conference dinner
Emmer, Walløe, Straus
Pieter Emmer, Lars Walløe (President) and Joseph Straus at pre-conference dinner
View from Floyen onto Vagen Bay
View from Floyen onto Vagen Bay
Typical view on Floyen
Typical view on Floyen
Old houses on Vagen Bay
Old houses on Vagen Bay
View of Bergen houses
Typical View of Bergen rooftops
Bergen Scene
Bergen scene
Vice Mayor welcomes AE in Hakonen-Hall
Vice Mayor welcomes AE in Hakonen-Hall
Vice Mayor speaking
Vice Mayor speaking
Listening to speech
Listening to speech
Ivan Bratko, Gisbert Wuestholz and daughter
Ivan Bratko, Gisbert Wuestholz and daughter
Music in the King Haakon Hall
Music in the King Haakon Hall
Mayor after speech and music
Mayor after speech and music
Perez-Jimenez
Mario J. Perez-Jimenez
Diána Bánáti
Diána Bánáti (New chair of Applied & Translational Biology)
Peter Nijkamp (Chair of Economics, Business & Management Sciences)
Peter Nijkamp (Chair of Economics, Business & Management Sciences)
Ursula Maurer and Dieter Fellner
Ursula Maurer and Dieter Fellner at coffee break
David Coates wondering who is hiding here
David Coates wondering who is hiding here
Cinzia Ferrini
Cinzia Ferrini
Sierd Cloething and Pieter Emmer
Lunch break!
Lunch break! (left Jan S. Vaagen)
House of Edvard Grieg
House of Edvard Grieg
Before the concert
Before the concert
Sigmund Grønmo, Rector University of Bergen
Welcome to the Conference Dinner by Sigmund Grønmo, Rector University of Bergen at the Maritime Museum
Welcome
Welcome on stairs leading form exhibition area upstairs to dining area
Maurers, Fellner, Walløe
Listening to welcome speech- Hermann and Ursula Maurer, Dieter Fellner, Lars Walløe
During Welcome Speech
During Welcome Speech
During Welcome Speech
During Welcome Speech
Music
Music before dinner- Reinhard Wilhelm in Background
Jan Haaland, Rector NHH
Jan Haaland, Rector NHH gives dinner speech
During dinner (left Lars Walløe, right Jan Haaland)
During dinner (l.t.r. Lars Walløe, Mrs. Bergsagel, Jan Haaland)
During dinner (right Anne Gro Vea Salvanes)
During dinner (right Anne Gro Vea Salvanes)
During dinner (left Sigmund Grønmo)
During dinner (left Sigmund Grønmo)
During dinner (right Ivan Bratko)
During dinner (right Ivan Bratko)
l.t.r.: Fellner, Leopold-Wildburger, Maurer, Mrs. Nebel, Nebel, Margret Wilhelm, Wilhem, Mrs. Maurer
Around the table, starting left: Fellner, Leopold-Wildburger, Maurer, Mrs. Nebel, Nebel, Mrs. Wilhlem, Wilhem, Mrs. Maurer
During dinner
Eystein Jansen, Slavica Rankovic, Sverre Bagge (l.t.r.)
Lars Walløe
Lars Walløe
Lars Walløe thanks for organisational help
Lars Walløe thanks ladies who did most of the organizing (l.t.r: Prof. Anne Gro Vea Salvanes, Teresa McGovern, Bente Krossøy)
Teresa McGovern with flowers
Teresa McGovern with flowers
Coates, McGovern
Our important crew from London office
Tucker and wife
John Tucker and wife
David Coates and Prof. Barbara Wright
David Coates and Prof. Barbara Wright
Marie Lise Chanin, Ed Noort, Sierd Cloetingh, Pieter Emmer
Marie Lise Chanin, Ed Noort, Sierd Cloetingh, Pieter Emmer
Sierd Cloething
Sierd Cloething
John Bergsagel
John Bergsagel
Why is Sir Roger pointing at the photographer?
Why is Sir Roger pointing at the photographer?
Prof. André Thomashausen and Mrs. Thomashausen
Prof. André Thomashausen and Mrs. Thomashausen
Lauren Rogers, Christian Jørgensen, Maja Elstad (Burgen Scholars) l.t.r.
Lauren Rogers, Christian Jørgensen, Maja Elstad (Burgen Scholars) l.t.r.
Prof. Vaagan and Mrs. Vaagen
Prof. Vaagan and Mrs. Vaagen
Tamas Csörgö (New Member Physics & Engineering)
Tamas Csörgö (New Member Physics & Engineering)
Getting late for a few
Getting late for a few



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